Marrying and Sponsoring a Nigerian Citizen

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Marriage to a Nigerian Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Nigerian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.

If you want to bring your Nigerian spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. If they would like to visit you in Canada while their application is in process, they must also apply for a visitor visa. For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our visitor visa page.


Processing Time

Once the necessary documents are gathered, it usually takes the Nigerian government up to 3 weeks to authenticate the documents.

If you then file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Nigerian spouse or partner, this application takes an average of 10-12 months.

A visitor visa application for your spouse or partner to visit you in Canada while the sponsorship applications are processing takes an average of 3 –14 days.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship and Canadian visitor visa for more information on the processing times of these applications.


Nigerian Marriage Basic Requirements

The following is a guideline on how to register a marriage in the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Nigerian law.  Please note that Nigerian authorities do not usually require citizens of some countries like Australia to provide a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) when registering a marriage.

  • Marriage is registered at a local public registry, which requires a Letter of Marriage Intention and payment of a fee of Naira 2,000.
  • A person under 18 years of age, who wishes to register a marriage, is required to present a letter of consent from his or her parents.
  • The registry will display the Letter of Marriage Intention for 21 days on a public notice board.
  • Provided that no objection to the intended marriage is made during the 21 day period, a couple may then register their marriage.
  • Birth certificates or official documents showing the ages of the couple are required together with the results of HIV and genotype tests.
  • A divorcee must produce a divorce certificate, while a widow or a widower is required to present the death certificate of the late spouse.
  • A marriage registrar may witness the exchange of oaths by the couple.


Family Members

If your Nigerian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Nigerian Marriage document application.

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Nigerian citizen.


List of Nigerian Consulates in Canada

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Calling Nigeria from Canada

011 – 234 – Area Code – local number

Aba 82 Calabar 87 Katsina 65 Oyo 38
Abakaliki 43 Enugu 72 Kontagora 67 Pankshin 70
Abeokuta 39 Gombe 72 Lafia 47 Port Harcourt 84
Abuja 9 Gusau 63 Lagos 1 Sapele 54
Ado-Ekiti 30 Hadejia 78 Lokoja 58 Sokoto 60
Agbor 55 Ibadan 2 Maiduguri 76 Ubiaja 55
Ahoada 86 Ijebu-Ode 37 Makurdi 44 Umuahia 88
Akure 34 Ikare 50 Minna 66 Uyo 85
Asaba 56 Ile-Ife 36 New Bussa 33 Warri 53
Auchi 57 Ilorin 31 Ogoja 45 Wukari 41
Awka 48 Jalingo 79 Okitipupa 59 Yenagoa 89
Azare 71 Jos 73 Onitsha 46 Yola 75
Bauchi 77 Kaduna 62 Oshogbo 35 Zaria 69
Benin 52 Kafanchan 61 Owerri 83
Birnin-Kebbi 68 Kano 64 Owo 51

Cell numbers begin with 8


Calling Canada from Nigeria

009 – 1 – Area Code – local number

  • 009- Exit code for Nigeria, and is needed for making any international call from Nigeria
  • 1 – ISD Code or Country Code of Canada


Province Code Province  Code
Alberta 403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867
BC 236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)

Ontario 226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)

249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)

289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)

343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)

416 / 647 (Toronto)

807 (northwestern Ontario)

Manitoba 204 / 431 PEI 782 / 902
New  Brunswick 506 Quebec 418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)

438 / 514 (Montreal)

450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)

819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)

Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902


Time Difference

Nigeria is on West Africa Time (GMT+1). Nigeria does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Nigeria is Ahead # of Hours during DST
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 9 hours 8 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 8 hours 7 hours
Saskatchewan 7 hours 7 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario) 7 hours 6 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 6 hours 5 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 5 hours 4 hours
Newfoundland 4.5 hours 3.5 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians in Nigeria

High Commission of Canada in Abuja

15 Bobo Street (off Gana Street)
Maitama, Abuja

Telephone: 234 (09) 461-2900
Fax: 234 (09) 461-2902
E-mail: [email protected]

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Deputy High Commission of Canada in Lagos

4 Anifowoshe Street
Victoria Island

Telephone: 234 (1) 271-5650
Fax: 234 (1) 271-5651
E-mail: [email protected]

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Consulate of Canada in Port Harcourt

15 Ahoada Street Rumuibekwe Housing Estate
Port Harcourt

Telephone: 234 (84) 890 903; 234 (806) 399 7054
Fax: No Fax
E-mail: [email protected]

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Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for Nigeria

For travel alerts, click here

Sponsoring a Nigerian Spouse to Canada

The sponsorship process is difficult and lengthy; to learn more click the button below:

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